Pateadores Hits a Snag

The management behind the new OC Pateadores NPSL endeavor has made yet another abrupt change to the club. It appears that this club doesn’t have a secured home field for the season.

This is another abrupt change in a series of management decisions (indecisions?) going back to when the club was called the Santa Ana Winds. The problem with that endeavor was that the club was never centralized in Santa Ana. Back then they had their headquarters listed in Buena Park. That and they didn’t make effective inroads with the Santa Ana community. It was as if they thought Santa Ana residents were just going to buy into that team simply because of the name association with the city. Yes soccer is the number 1 sport in Santa Ana but you have to do your work to get that Santa Ana buck.

Even the Los Angeles Galaxy recognizes Santa Ana’s market potential and they’ve placed billboards and ads on major bus routes in Santa Ana.

Then they (the Santa Ana Winds) became the Fullerton Rangers, in an attempt to fuse with the Fullerton Rangers Youth Academy, and ended up playing their games in Santa Ana. This had obviously nothing to do with Fullerton.

Then they became the “OC Spartans,” for about a month at the most, and listed their headquarters in Fullerton. But they were slated to play their home games at Santa Ana Stadium.

Now they’ve re-branded as the OC Pateadores, using the Pateadores Youth Academy’s name, and listed their games at Santa Ana Stadium. But it looks like Santa Ana won’t be their home as the most recent development suggests.

Last year Santa Ana Stadium was good enough to field a U.S. Open Cup game for the formerly-known Fullerton Rangers. Now the management is in the process apparently of finding another venue to make their home field. They opened the season, as the Pateadores, at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa.

True, Santa Ana Stadium has artificial turf, but so does CenturyLink Field, the Portland Timbers field, and Club Tijuana’s field. The Houston Dynamo has to share their field with an American football team.

If only the political will existed in Santa Ana to make the stadium soccer-specific, with natural grass like it used to have. This was a stadium that Chivas USA planned to play their home games in, albeit temporarily.

Will the management finally find success in establishing a brand and a permanent home? What does the management’s track record suggest?

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Author: Omar Ávalos Gallegos

I'm a music composer, musicologist, pianist, flamenco guitarist and writer out of Santa Ana California. I've written on soccer in the past for Soccer Newsday, SB Nation and have contributed to TheCup.US and The Guardian US. Covered the 2017 NPSL Combine for Midfield Press. Started own soccer blogs including Saint City Post, Angeltown FC, The Anemometer and more.

1 thought on “Pateadores Hits a Snag”

  1. Thank you for your coverage of the now Orange County Pateadores. It is true that the team has faced uncertainty in it’s track record. It is also true that it is easy to see this as a lack of purpose or indecision.

    However, what is not obvious, is the reasons why the team has faced such modifications in such little time.
    As you know, running a team costs money and without investors, the owner of the team has attempted to form alliances no different that any other business venture might attempt.

    After the name of Santa Ana winds, it was thought that a merger with the Fullerton Rangers might bring support from the group. This has not happened; Now, it is again attempting to form an alliance so that a base can be established for the team.

    As far as the fields, I am sure you are aware of the many problems associated with obtaining a commitment from a public facility like Santa Ana Stadium, or any other public facility.

    With all those changes, and decisions, the team is currently on its way to becoming a force in the NPSL, leading their division and having a solid base from which to draw.

    The team has proven to have the leadership required to move forward and will continue to strive for a broad base from which to remain a permanent force in local soccer.

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